Month: September 2017

The felling of Ludlow’s trees. Are we losing our tree canopy in Ludlow town centre?

In June, I received an email from a resident suggesting that too many trees are being felled in central Ludlow. Thinking the resident could be right, I have been reviewing the data. Until now, we have not been able to see the wood for the trees because summary statistics weren’t available.[1] Because of my analysis, we now know that in the last three years, 126 trees have been felled in Ludlow’s urban conservation areas.[2] At least 34 trees were planted to replace them. A further 163 trees underwent management work such as crowning and pollarding. Ludlow Town Council objected to nine applications to fell trees. Shropshire Council upheld only one of these objections.

Final approval for Ludlow petrol station as construction work begins

On Wednesday, the South Planning Committee gave the final approval for the petrol filling station and convenience store on Bromfield Road. Committee members voted unanimously to allow the fuel tanks to be sited below ground. Work on clearing the site prior to construction is already underway, so we can expect it to open next spring. The filling station has permission to serve fuel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store hours will be limited to 6am to midnight.

Ludlow Community Hospital – is this the end?

Ahead of the meeting of Shropshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group on Thursday, 28 September, Tracey Huffer says the paperwork gives a gloomy prognosis for Ludlow Hospital. The Maternity Unit is closed. Services have been stripped out of the hospital. The commercially oriented NHS company, PropCo, wants to hike the rent. It costs more to run the few services left at Ludlow Community Hospital because health chiefs have left us with a half empty building. Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a practising nurse, believes the writing is on the wall for Ludlow’s community hospital.

At the next meeting of Shropshire Council on Thursday, Councillor Heather Kidd is calling on Shropshire Council to support women campaigning for fairer pension arrangements after their state pension age was raised in 1995 (see the WASPI campaign). I have tabled a motion calling for the council to adopt an economic duty and report on the economic impacts of its policies. Tracey Huffer had submitted a motion on gender neutral titles in council paperwork. This has been agreed in principle without the need for council discussion.

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